Pro Say is a weekly podcast from Law360, bringing you a quick recap of both the biggest stories and the hidden gems from the world of law. Each episode, hosts Amber McKinney, Alex Lawson and Hailey Konnath are joined by expert guests to bring you inside the newsroom and break down the stories that had us talking.
DOJ Keeps Losing Antitrust Labor Cases. Why?
The Justice Department’s years long push to use antitrust laws to crack down on wage suppression and “no poach” agreements appears to be slowing down, as the department quietly dropped a case against a United Healthcare unit earlier this month, marking the latest in a series of losses and retreats. Joining Pro Say this week is Law360’s senior competition reporter Bryan Koenig, who will break down the steady decline of those enforcement efforts, and the DOJ’s failure to convince a single jury to convict on any labor-related antitrust criminal charges. Also this week, 3M and other manufacturers undo an 11-million member class certification in the sprawling legal fight over “forever chemicals,” and attorneys for Lizzo try to quickly escape a racial bias and harassment suit filed by her backup dancers.
THANKSGIVING SPECIAL - A Plate Full Of Offbeat News
The Pro Say crew convenes to give thanks for all the unusual legal news that made us laugh this year. Join us for our annual tradition of revisiting the best of our offbeat segments, including a look at a woman who tried to get paid a reward from Lady Gaga despite involvement in dognapping the pop star’s pooches; police who sued Afroman for using an ill-fated raid as fodder for new music and merch; and the latest on Cocaine Bear, the wedding officiant.
What The High Court’s Ethics Code Leaves Out
After intense public scrutiny over ethics, the U.S. Supreme Court released its first-ever code of conduct governing the behavior of the justices. The justices claim the new code codifies what they have long been doing and should dispel public misunderstandings about judicial ethics. But does it do enough? Law360 Supreme Court reporter Katie Buehler joins us to break it all down. Also this week, Law360’s senior reporter in Florida Carolina Bolado stops by discuss the strange and tragic medical malpractice case at the center of Netflix’s documentary, “Take Care of Maya,” in which a jury awarded more than $260 million in damages to the family of a young patient after finding that a hospital mistreated her and forced her mother to commit suicide. Finally, some news on a bevy of stories in legal fiction, from the big screen, to the small screen, to the stage!
At Trial, SBF Was His Own Worst Enemy
Last week’s conviction of cryptocurrency fraudster Sam Bankman-Fried was fueled in part by the FTX founder’s unusual decision to take the stand in his own defense. It was an ambitious gambit that did not pay off, as Bankman-Fried now faces decades in prison for his crimes. Joining Pro Say this week in Law360 New York courts reporter Rachel Scharf to discuss SBF’s decision to take the stand and wrap up coverage of a wild monthlong trial. Also this week, the NCAA faces billions in damages as thousands of athletes challenging its name, image and likeness rights restrictions score a huge procedural win, and the Supreme Court examines whether a gun ban for individuals subject to a domestic violence restraining order violates the Second Amendment. Finally, from Aaron Judge to Lawyer Milloy, a brief tour of legal names in the wide world of sports.
Meet The Lawyers Who Took On White Supremacy
The 2017 Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, seized the nation’s attention as a gathering of white nationalists opposing the removal of a Confederate statue soon turned deadly. What came next was a years-long legal fight to hold the rally’s organizers accountable for the violence, which was chronicled in the recent HBO documentary “No Accident.” This week on Pro Say, we’re joined by attorneys Michael Bloch and Benjamin White, who successfully litigated the case. They share details about the complex trial strategy that may lead to success in future efforts to use the legal system to fight against hate. Also this week, the real estate industry is rocked by $1.8 billion antitrust verdict finding collusion between realtors and brokerage companies to keep commission fees artificially high, and the demise of former BigLaw stalwart Stroock & Stroock offers lessons for struggling shops. Finally, it must be exhausting always rooting for the law school curriculum, as Taylor Swift steps into the world of legal academia.
State AGs Fight Your Kid's Facebook Addiction
This week saw 41 U.S. states and the District of Columbia launch an all-out legal blitz against Meta, alleging that the tech giant is using addictive features to get kids hooked onto Facebook and Instagram. This week on Pro Say, the hosts break down the particulars of the suit, and how it fits into the broader push for more child-oriented safeguards on social media. Also this week, a Google executive wins a $1.2 million gender discrimination verdict, but can’t convince the jury she was illegally paid less than her male counterparts, and it’s the end of an era as the LSAT eliminates the “logic games” portion of the exam to settle a years-old lawsuit. Finally, the hosts unpack the implications of an octogenarian judge who claims he’s “too old” to have heard of 74-year-old conservative rocker Ted Nugent.
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I find this to be a great general-interest podcast. I appreciate the good-natured, engaging slice of current events I get without having to suffer through the polarized mania of a lot of news/social media. I really enjoy the hosts’ wry commentary and banter with each other, and as a bonus, I get to stock up on anecdotes to casually trot out with my lawyer friends and colleagues.